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Reframing Success

2019 has been a year of humility. My wild idea of adding horse power to the farm has been one setback after another. Big Blue the truck proved unreliable, leaving us stranded out in a rainy field. My volunteer on that day never came back. My regular stalwart volunteer left at the cusp of the growing season--she had to go home to Italy, get married, and start her own farm, so I can hardly blame her. One of my horses turned out to be a decade older than advertised. The other one had chronic lameness that meant she couldn't comfortably pull farm equipment at all. My rented land exploded with weeds, the potatoes squirmed with wireworms, and I never saw a squash bigger than an egg. This h

My Farm Baby

"You have a child, it just happens to be a farm," said a wise auntie of mine. I've never had a strong urge to produce offspring out of my own body. My mother, despite dropping subtle hints about grandchildren, had to concede that I always played more with my Lego farm set than with baby dolls. Hawthorn Farm fulfills my maternal impulses. I am always taking care of some creature who will die or suffer without my care, which sounds like a pretty motherly state of affairs according to the parents I know. I also look around the world and don't see a lack of humans who need attention already. Any serious discussion of climate change and sustainability, in my opinion, must include humane and

Pick Your Poison

"Ag worker housing. Better zoning. A local USDA processing plant, and a commercial canning facility." The wishes flew around the farmer's roundtable meeting at the local Grange tonight. For the most part, I kept my mouth shut. Much of what I want to sell is illegal--not unethical, mind you, but illegal. I can't sell my neighbor a frozen rabbit. I can't take bags of popcorn kernels to the market without a processor's license. Hawthorn Farm bulges awkwardly at the edge of being too big for home use, but too small to benefit from economies of scale. I filled my Washington State Department of Agriculture guide with bookmarks, trying to figure out how to keep a farm afloat with a minimum

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